Student Life

Living and learning at TJ is more like being in a liberal-arts college than in a typical high school. That’s something that sets us apart from other college-prep schools. Everything we do at TJ is tied to intellectual development, the building of self-reliance, and participation in community.

Whether you’re a day student, a five-day, or a seven-day boarder, you’re an integral part of our school family. We have students here from all kinds of places and backgrounds, living and working together. In fact, you might be surprised how cosmopolitan our twenty-one-acre grove of academe is.

Not only do day students have classes and activities with their boarding peers, they often share study space in the dorms. This experience helps them learn how to manage living with others, which is great practice for college.

Domestic and international students alike benefit from the many different types of opportunities they have to be with each other. They meet and spend time with each other’s families. They share their cultures and try each other’s foods. It is in this kind of close-knit community that deep and long-lasting friendships develop and flourish. TJ students tend to stay connected to each other, well beyond graduation.

Where you’ll live
TJ’s dorm rooms are organized in seven cottages, each one a house of a different color. Our alums like to recall their time here in those terms: “Oh, yes, Blue was my junior year. Green was my senior year.”  Each room has its own entrance, its own bathroom, and accommodations for two or three boarders and one or two day students. The dorms are all directly supervised by our on-campus staff of teachers and resident assistants.

How you’ll live
As a TJ student, you’ll figure out how to organize your things in a shared space. You’ll learn how to get along with roommates and negotiate practical issues, such as cleaning routines or listening to music. You’ll have to remember and protect your door code, and if you live on campus, you’ll have to do your own laundry. All students have a chance periodically to do jobs that help keep our environment neat and tidy. The good news is, when you encounter these chores in college, you will be an old pro at dealing with them!

The dorms are also social spaces. They’re often the place for unstructured study and free time during the afternoons and evenings. But even though you’ll have a fair amount of independence and responsibility for managing your own time, there will always be adults on hand to guide you. Every day and night, including on the weekends, there will be a teacher or resident assistant on duty to supervise, help with homework, and handle any needs or issues that may arise.

What you’ll wear
TJ has a fairly traditional dress code for class time, but we go casual in the afternoon. After morning classes are finished, you can change out of your dress-code attire and put on clothes that are appropriate and comfortable for an afternoon of labs, sports, extracurricular activities, study halls (for younger students and students in need), individual sessions with teachers, or that unscheduled time that you get to manage on your own.

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